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W.Va. Senate shuns EPA selenium standard

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  • Many WV coal counties losing revenue

    Many WV coal counties losing revenue

    Monday, August 8 2016 10:15 AM EDT2016-08-08 14:15:05 GMT

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — Both chambers of the West Virginia legislature have passed a bill that would create a new, likely more lenient standard for regulating selenium discharges into waterways from coal mines.

The bill passed unanimously by the Senate Friday calls for a state specific selenium standard, rather than the federal standard published by the Environmental Protection Agency. If coal mines are found to have exceeded guidelines the bill would trigger additional monitoring instead of punishment.

The coal industry argues that the federal standard is not applicable to West Virginia's fast-flowing streams.

Studies have found selenium harmful to aquatic life, and to humans with high-level exposure.

 

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